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European Court of Human Rights; Turkey: Decision in Case of Slain Journalist

(Sept. 15, 2010) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), based in Strasbourg, ruled on September 14, 2010, in favor of a petition submitted by the family of Hrant Dink that Turkey had failed to protect the life of the slain Turkish-Armenian journalist and had also failed to conduct an effective investigation to determine Turkish […]

European Court of Human Rights: Extradition Cases of Alleged International Terrorists Declared Admissible

(July 9, 2010) On July 8, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights, which is located in Strasbourg, France, declared as admissible the case of four applicants who were indicted by the United States as alleged international terrorists (Babar Ahmad and Others v. the United Kingdom). The applicants were detained in the United Kingdom, pending […]

European Court of Human Rights: Members of Council of Europe Agree to Proceed in Further Reform of European Court of Human Rights

(Mar. 30, 2010) Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), under the chairmanship of the Swiss government. For the last ten years, the ECHR has encountered an […]

European Court of Human Rights; Turkey: Criminal Conviction of Religious Group Members for Wearing Religious Clothing in Public Space Violated Freedom of Religion

(Mar. 1, 2010) On February 23, 2010, in Ahmet Arslan and Others v. Turkey, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that Turkey had violated article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience, and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. (Affaire Ahmet Arslan et Autres c. Turquie (Requête n° 41135/98), ECHR website, http://cmiskp.echr.coe.int/tkp197/view.asp?item=1&portal=hbkm&action=html&highlight=Ahmet%20%7C%20Arslan&sessionid=47760027&skin=hudoc-en (last […]

European Court of Human Rights; France: Registration in French National Sex Offender Database Does Not Violate Rights

(Jan. 27, 2010) On December 17, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that registration in the French national sex offender database did not violate article 7, §1 (no criminal penalty without a law) and article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. (Bouchacourt […]

European Court of Human Rights: Court Rules Turkey Violated Press Rights

(Oct. 26, 2009) On October 20, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously ruled that Turkish government actions in closing four newspapers had violated provisions on press freedom in European human rights legislation. (Case of Ürper and Others v. Turkey, Oct. 20, 2009, ECHR website, available at http://cmiskp.echr.coe.int/tkp197/view.asp?item=42&portal=hbkm&action=html&highlight=&sessionid=32990892&skin=hudoc-en.) The newspapers involved were shut […]

European Court of Human Rights: Decision Against Turkey in Missing Persons Case Dating to 1974 Conflict with Cyprus

(Oct. 1, 2009) On September 18, 2009, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its decision in the case of Varnava and Others v. Turkey. The case involved the applications filed in 1990 on behalf of 18 Greek Cypriots, nine of whom disappeared during the July and August 1974 military […]

European Court of Human Rights: Greece Found Responsible for Discriminating Against a Muslim Mother

(July 15, 2009) Under Greek law, mothers of large families, that is, those who have four or more children, enjoy certain benefits, such as cash incentives, annual monetary government contributions, and pensions, provided that they meet certain criteria. A basic constitutional and statutory requirement is that no discrimination is permitted on the basis of sex, […]

European Court of Human Rights: Fiftieth Anniversary

(Feb. 5, 2009) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which laid the foundation for the correct application and implementation of its provisions by the ECHR, was […]

European Court of Human Rights: French Courts

(Feb. 4, 2009) In January 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that French courts violated article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights in convicting the Chairman and the Managing Director, Olivier Orban and Xavier de Bartillat, respectively, of the publishing company Editions Plon, for publicly defending war […]